I repeat, Pinatubo may prove one of the highest quality juveniles we have ever seen. Hopefully, he proves more of a Frankel than a Xaar, but for now, let’s just enjoy watching replays of his scintillating successes to date.
Jazeel’s place at 10/1 in the opener meant it was an even first day between myself and the bookmakers. Here’s day two’s picks as I look to surge ahead.
2:25 – TRIBAL CRAFT
Its wide open and he’s in the “could be anything” category, but Andrew Balding’s colt has had just three starts and won by 20 lengths on his most recent star. He only faced two rivals, but the margin is still extraordinary and he runs off bottom weight here. He could prove well ahead of his mark of 89, or miles behind it, but the former seems far more likely and he represents the value bet at 11/1.
3:00 – LIBERTY BEACH
I won a fair amount for her 33/1 place at Ascot, but have subsequently grown frustrated that she was drawn on the wrong side that day, as I missed her when she scooted up in Listed company at Sandown. She looked lightning quick that day and can defeat Wes Ward’s first Goodwood runner in Maven in receipt of 6lb, while these two, at present, appear clear of the rest on form.
3:35 – PHOENIX OF SPAIN
Another slightly risky one, but I refuse to believe he even remotely showed his form at Ascot most recently. He may have benefitted from an easy lead in Ireland, but still hosed up against quality opposition and may well have bounced at the Royal meeting. I’m willing to forgive him that, especially given he’s twice the price of Circus Maximus, who may want more rain, and at least thrice that of Too Darn Hot, who is still to convince me he’s a natural miler.
Tough assignments for punters elsewhere. Ultimately, I want Lil Rockerfeller to win the opener too much that it would be sacrilege to oppose him, so he’d make up any four-way accumulator.